October 19, 2018
In the great, wide world there are so many levels of freedom. We hear talk of the free world, yet how free are we all? Truly.
So many questions would have to be answered before you can evaluate how truly free you are?
Freedom to be one’s self.
Freedom to love.
Freedom to work.
Freedom to enjoy good health.
Freedom to relax and rejuvenate.
Freedom to train or educate one’s self.
Freedom of expression. Personally, professionally and globally.
Freedom to hold beliefs not matching the consensus within the system.
Freedom to obtain the necessities of life.
Freedom to agree to disagree with others.
Freedom to travel when and where one desires.
(I had to throw that one in there …)
Freedom to make all one’s dreams come true.
(The ultimate freedom. I like to think big.)
The list goes on and on.
Discussions about freedom can be superficial or incredibly deep.
Are you free to be yourself?
The philosopher within me asks deeply, who are you? Really.
Buckminster Fuller stated long ago:
What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.
A sobering concept. My experience feels the truth of it.
I recall over 10 years ago reading 2 key questions offered by Deepak Chopra.
Who are you?
What do you want?
At the time, I had no complete answer to either question. Struck a deep chord within me. I have been pondering those same 2 questions ever since. Definitive answers have been evasive and evolving.
Change seems the only constant.
I took some serious detours putting focus on the many systemic barriers getting in the way of freedom. I am left feeling that the old playground setup by prior generations offers the illusion of people feeling free superficially yet on a deeper level, most are not. Committed to working long hours to pay for the lifestyle we have become entrained to feel is normal. Etc. I will not elaborate further. I trust my point is made.
Buckminster Fuller is famously known to say:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
How? Infinite ways.
I make decisions in my life by reflecting on my choices.
Does this action/idea contribute to maintaining the old playground or will this action/idea contribute to the construction of the new playground?
I am a super big fan of the optimal question. It is the only way to find your way to the optimal answer.
Question your questions.
Question your beliefs.
Is what you are believing absolutely true?
Almost always, no it is not.
Relative truth is everywhere. Awareness about its relativity is still a concept due for greater harvest in the wider world – to my experience.
The truth is relative. To lots of things.
A less famous Buckminster Fuller quote:
When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
When the dream about the new playground becomes a collective one, it will be created. Small pockets at first spread around the world. Coalescing together over time. How long? Anyone’s guess. To my eye, it is underway.
The powers that were do not want to shine a light on this. For obvious reasons.
Keep yours eyes, ears, hearts and minds open and you will begin to see it bubbling all around.
The greater participation with this approach, the quicker the results will be seen.
I have some ideas I am working on.
Hope you do too.
I’m not a genius. I’m a tremendous bundle of experience.